Tony Hawk has no intention of quitting skateboarding. ET’s Kevin Frazier spoke to the 53-year-old athlete at the premiere of Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Offthe documentary about his life and career, and Hawk said he felt “pretty good” three weeks after break the femur.
While the injury may diminish Hawk’s public skating, it won’t stop him from doing it completely.
“If I’m able to stand on my own two feet, I want to skateboard,” said Hawk, who used a cane in the premiere. “I might not do it as much in public down the line. If I feel like my skills are really fading, I won’t do it in public or exhibition mode, but I don’t do it. ‘ultimatums.’
“I’m 53. I really felt like before I broke my leg, I was skating almost better than ever or better than the last 10 years,” he added. “I want to get back to at least some form of that same level of skating.”
This response comes as no surprise to Sam Jones, the director of the HBO documentary.
“His brother said he’d probably be the first 80-year-old to do a back air, and I completely believe him,” Jones told ET. “He loves her so much.”
After trusting Jones, a former skateboarder, to direct the doc, Hawk is more than happy with the outcome.
“It’s to show the reality of what it takes to do this over the years, the hardships it takes, and the sacrifices you have to make in so many ways, personally and professionally,” Hawk explained. “People don’t understand [that] you don’t just ride a skateboard and you’re naturally gifted and then all the success falls on you. You have to work your a** off. You have to be ready to take the hits and get up. »
The doc is the culmination of Hawk’s success and a way for the athlete to shine a light on all aspects of the sport.
“I’m honored, but it’s a big responsibility. I feel like I have to be aware of that and I have to represent it well. It’s something that I kind of took on myself,” Hawk told About using his influence for good. “If people are going to put that on me, then I want to represent skateboarding authentically and show all aspects of it, not just the glitz and the X Games and things like that, but the courage and what it takes, and also the If you go to a skate park now it’s a melting pot of race, gender, everyone down, everyone supporting each other I don’t think there’s another sport like it .
Through making the doc, Hawk said he learned that “it’s okay to be vulnerable.” It’s a message he wishes he could pass on to his younger self.
“I think I would try to encourage myself to figure out my personal issues sooner rather than later, figure out how to deal with being uncomfortable, how to deal with the lack of intimacy, the whole situation at the instead of focusing on skating and letting that solve all my problems one way or another,” he said.
In addition to skateboarding, the doc focuses on Hawk’s private and family life, which Jones says will open the public’s eyes.
“I think they’ll be surprised at how conscientious he is about taking care of his family and being a good father, and how he wants everyone to have the experience he had with skateboarding. “, Jones told ET of Hawk, who is a dad of four. “He really cares about skateboarding having this long life after he’s done skating. You really, really see that in the way he treats his family and other skateboarders.”
Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off airs April 5 on HBO and HBO Max.